Vice President Jejomar Binay was all praises for the Filipino doctors and nurses working at Saudi German Hospital who cared for an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) beaten and left for dead in the desert in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
“Natutuwa po akong marinig na iba talaga ang Pilipino. Laging nandyan, handang tumulong lalo na kapag nasa ibang bansa. ‘Yon ang nakita ko. Talagang nagkakaisa ang ating mga OFWs [I am glad to hear that Filipinos are different. They are always there, ready to help especially when they are abroad. That is what I saw. Our OFWs are really united[,” he said in a statement on Monday .
Binay added that he will send Saudi German Hospital a letter of thanks.
The Presidential Adviser on OFW Concerns, Binay met with the OFW and his parents last Saturday evening at his office at the Coconut Palace.
He assured the worker of government assistance as he restarts his life in the Philippines.
Binay said the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) will provide skills training to the OFW as part of the agency’s reintegration program for returning workers.
According to him, he will also facilitate the worker’s check-up at the Ospital ng Makati before the latter returns to his hometown in Bukidnon.
The Vice President said his office, along with the Blas Ople Center and Patnubay Riyadh, monitored the worker’s case to ensure his return to the country.
Binay added that the OFW’s employer paid the hospital bill, with the government also contributing $26,000 through the Department of Foreign Affairs.
The OFW was comatose and in critical condition when he was found after he sustained serious head injuries and multiple bone fractures.
He was reportedly found by authorities in the early hours of May 16, fighting for his life.